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Ben Quiney KC

Call 1998 • KC 2014

"An absolute star of the Insurance World."
(Legal 500 2020)


Ben has wide experience of arbitrations, both domestically and internationally. This is in all his core areas, with particular emphasis on Insurance and Construction arbitrations. This has included acting in ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ARIAS, DIA, SIAC, and ad hoc arbitrations. Ben has also acted on Arbitration appeals and enforcement actions in different jurisdictions, such as in the BVI.

Ben accepts appointments as an Arbitrator and has been appointed to deal with claims involving his areas of expertise. 

Examples of arbitrations he has acted been involved in include: 

Selected Cases

  • Multiple insurance claims arising out of five significant energy projects being heard in Denmark.
  • Defending a professional indemnity insurance claim arising from various claims against accountants brought by high net individuals.
  • A claim under a D&O Policy connected to the various LIBOR actions arising from the recent financial crash.
  • An arbitration in Singapore dealing with an insurance claim arising from a significant transport network collapse.
  • A series of arbitrations arising from significant commodities transactions and international trade issues.
  • An insurance claim arising from the collapse of a bridge in Russia.
  • A claim under a D&O Policy arising from proceedings in the USA and allegations of multi-billion tax fraud in Russia.
  • A claim arising from a large water project in Scotland and extensive allegations relating to engineering issues. 
  • Claims made under insurance policies relating to the provision of professional design services on multiple construction projects. 
  • Claims made under a D&O Policy relating to the provision of services on a large construction project. 
  • A claim arising from the purchase of a large construction business.
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  • Birkdale School, Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) in Law – First Class, University College, Oxford
  • Tax Trainee with Ernst & Young
  • BCL, University College, Oxford
  • Admitted to Gray’s Inn, Lord Birkenhead Scholarship
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Called to the Bar
  • Tenant at Crown Office Chambers (previously One Paper Buildings)
  • Appointed QC
  • Called to the BVI Bar


Ben regularly gives seminars in his areas of expertise. He is happy to do so as part of in-house training. In the past few years he has given seminars on the following topics: Insurance Act 2015; liquidated damages; fire and disaster claims; bonds & guarantees; conflicts of interest; privilege and the law of evidence; damages; fiduciary and directors’ duties; interim commercial remedies; restrictive covenants; the impact of Covid 19 and insurance claims; loss of a chance in professional negligence claims; and the Law Commission reform of Insurance Law.


  • PNBA


“He is very commercial and will always have thought of everything.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Utterly unflappable. Ask any question, no matter how complex or involved, and he will give a wholly considered covers-all-the-bases answer that gets to the real heart of the issue. Also very good at understanding how to get through opponents arguments.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Ben is incredibly calm, incredibly assured and measured.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“His advice is clear, measured and commercial and his mind is incredibly well organised.” “He’s good at structuring arguments methodically and impressive on his feet.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“His advocacy is sharp and incisive. Technically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is always fully read in, prepared and very organised. There is no better man in a crisis.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is structured and clear, and has a great knack for putting the client at ease. He’s very skilled at advocacy and advising in conference, and judges immediately warm to him.”; “He is calm and measured, puts his written arguments in an attractive way and is helpfully understated in court.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Very calm, very intelligent, highly responsive, fun to deal with and a good strategist.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He is very dedicated, always on top of the details and very pragmatic.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He is excellent, very good at what he does and particularly good at difficult coverage cases.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“Ferociously intelligent but at the same time very down to earth and approachable.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Particularly good at oral advocacy.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

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